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February 22, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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XGR-GUN BILL-COLORADO

DENVER _ Colorado Democrats launched another attempt Thursday to get a “red flag” gun law on the books — an effort backed by many top law enforcement officials to allow the seizure of weapons from persons deemed by a court to pose a significant risk to themselves or to others. Florida passed its own “red flag” law after the February 2017 Parkland school massacre, and 12 other states have done so. Colorado Republicans defeated a similar bill last year, insisting it infringed on citizens’ Second Amendment rights. By James Anderson. SENT: 700 words, photos.

With: GUN BILL-COLORADO-THE LATEST

XGR-COLORADO-ELECTORAL COLLEGE

DENVER _ Colorado’s Democrat-controlled Legislature approved a bill Thursday calling for the state to join others in casting their presidential electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote. Gov. Jared Polis, also a Democrat, has said he will sign the measure. Currently, the state’s electoral votes are cast for whoever wins in Colorado. By James Anderson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

MARIJUANA ROBBERY-MURDER

CENTENNIAL _ A Colorado man and his mother have been sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering a witness who cooperated with police investigating the pair’s 2016 robbery of a marijuana store. The secretive murder case became public Thursday when Terance Black and Tina Black received their sentences in Arapahoe County Court. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded. (Booking photos planned)

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OAKLAND TEACHERS STRIKE

OAKLAND, Calif. _ Teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike Thursday, part of a national wave of discontent by educators over classroom conditions, pay and other issues. Recent walkouts have taken place in West Virginia, Los Angeles and Denver. The city’s 3,000 teachers want a 12 percent retroactive raise covering 2017 to 2020 to compensate for what they say are the among the lowest salaries for public school teachers in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area. They also want the district to hire more counselors to support students and more full-time nurses. By Jocelyn Gecker and Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 710 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLD CASE MURDER-ARREST _ A Colorado man arrested after DNA tied him to the 1973 killing of an 11-year-old California girl has yet to decide if he will fight extradition. (With AP Photos)

_ SKIER DEATH _ An 85-year-old woman has died after being found unconscious on a ski run at a Colorado ski resort.

_ FATAL I-70 CRASH-DAUGHTER _ A 6-year-old Colorado girl who survived a crash that killed her mother on Christmas Eve is back home after getting a hero’s welcome from her community.

_ STRANGLING DEATH _ A Colorado man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the death of a woman whose body was found in Lory State Park.

_ BANKERS SURVEY _ A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows nearly two-thirds of banks in the region have raised farm loan collateral requirements on fears of weakening farm income.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. advanced 5.75 cents at 4.8650 a bushel; Mar. corn was up 4.75 cents at 3.7550 a bushel; Mar. oats rose .25 cent at $2.70 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans gained 8.50 cents at $9.11 a bushel.

PHOTOS:

_ COLD CASE MURDER-ARREST _ Family of James Alan Neal leave court after a hearing for the suspect

_ ROCKIES-ARENADO

_ NUGGETS-NO DOUBTING THOMAS

SPORTS:

ROCKIES-ARENADO

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ The sluggish free-agent market the last two years has not scared Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, who could be among the prizes in the next pool. “I’m not afraid of it at all,” Arenado said. “It doesn’t have an effect on me. I think free agency is something you earn. You’ve been in the big leagues this long, you get there and you earn it. I don’t know how it is going to work out, I can’t speak on that. But you definitely earn it.” By Jack Magruder. SENT: 540 words, photo.

NUGGETS-NO DOUBTING THOMAS

DENVER _ Only one game back on the court and Isaiah Thomas already began lobbying for an even broader role — to appear in the movie “Space Jam 2” starring LeBron James. With filming set to start this summer, the Denver Nuggets point guard wants to be cast as the Muggsy Bogues character from the original picture featuring Michael Jordan. But first, another script to act out: Helping the Nuggets produce a playoff run. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words, photos.

VIKINGS-KUBIAK

EAGAN, Minn. — The allure of the gameday atmosphere was simply too strong for Gary Kubiak to ignore, having spent the past two years in a non-coaching role for Denver following another health scare. He found his place in Minnesota, with this natural opportunity to add an experienced leader and accomplished strategist to a fluctuated offensive coaching staff. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 700 words, photo.

OLY-USOC REORGANIZATION

The U.S. Olympic Committee has tabbed Paralympic executive Rick Adams to serve as its new chief of sport performance, and will also create a new department charged with making it easier for athletes to deal with off-the-field needs, including health care and reporting inappropriate conduct. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 420 words, photo.

BKO-WORLD CUP

The job is done. The United States is going to the FIBA World Cup, which makes its last two qualifying games ahead of that tournament seem irrelevant. Players and U.S. coach Jeff Van Gundy see it differently. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 610 words, photo.

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